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New York has imposed criminal penalties for choking techniques during the arrest

The Governor of the state of new York Andrew Cuomo signed a law that increases the control over the police, including legislation criminalizing the use of strangulation at the arrest and the disclosure of disciplinary information about police officers.

The authorities of new York decided on the need for changes in police amid protests that erupted due to the recent death of an African-American George Floyd. He died in police detention in Minneapolis, when one of them came over to him with his knee on the neck.

The Governor signed a law on Friday during a press conference.

On Monday, the lower house of the legislative Assembly of the state of new York voted for the bill, named in honor of Eric garner, who died in 2014 during the arrest. It also has been applied a rear naked choke. Previously, the law was passed in the upper house of Parliament. Legislation characterizes the actions of the police as a crime c felony consequences in the form of suffocation, if he commits the offence of "impeding the breathing or blood circulation and causes serious physical harm or death to another person".

For this offence the police could face up to 15 years in prison.

The second law signed by the Governor, repeals the provisions in force since 1970-ies of the law, according to which the disciplinary records of police was kept secret. Then legislation was adopted with the aim to prevent the use of lawyers on cross-examination of data about misconduct of police officers.

The death of Floyd has led to lasted more than a week of mass protests against the police and racism in the U.S. and other countries. Among the appeals of the activists of the police reform, including changes in the practice of funding law enforcement.